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Following last weekend's decision by the UK Pride Organisers Network to select Pride in Newry as the festival to host the 2019 UK and Ireland Pride, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and local political figures have continued to offer their congratulations and support.

The bid, which beat off competition from three other locations, was submitted in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Newry Business Improvement District.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin said, “I would like to congratulate Pride in Newry and Newry Rainbow Community for their tremendous win. This is not only excellent news for the LGBT community in Northern Ireland, it represents an opportunity for all of us to showcase Newry to an international audience. Newry is a welcoming and inclusive city and these factors were instrumental in the bid’s success. Thousands are expected to attend on the day and I would encourage everyone to get involved and support this diverse and dynamic festival.

“Newry’s unique location, just three miles from the Irish border was also an important factor in terms of Newry’s appeal. As a result, we are delighted that the European Pride Organiser’s Association announced that they will also host their next conference in Newry to coincide with Brexit weekend.”

Pride in Newry 2018. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie
Pride in Newry 2018. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/ Newry.ie

MLA Justin McNulty and Councillor Pete Byrne also congratulated the Newry Rainbow Community.

Mr McNulty explained, "This is fantastic news for Newry and in particular for the Newry Rainbow Community. The entire team behind this bid must be congratulated. The group organise many events throughout the year and I know they will put the same determination into making this event a success.

"Pride and the ethos behind the movement is about equality, respect and tolerance. I can think of no better place than Newry to host these prestigious awards. We now need to see the statutory agencies row in behind this successful bid and help promote this region and indeed the work Newry Rainbow Community do in this area.

Councillor Byrne added his congratulations "Our attention must now move to delivering an extraordinary Pride In Newry festival in 2019. Council must make sure that the NRC committee has the resources that it needs to pull of an event which will be talked about for years to come. Newry has been given an opportunity to showcase itself and we must do all we can to support the NRC in its preparation for its festival next year."

 MLA Megan Fearon also spoke of her delight at the boost for Newry “I would like to congratulate Pride in Newry for winning this bid, it is a huge achievement and will be a boost for the area.

“It is also a reward for all their hard work and determination in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the north.

“In recent years we have seen large numbers on the streets of Newry in a display of unity and determination to end the disgraceful denial of rights, including marriage equality, by the DUP and facilitated by the British government in the north.

“Sinn Féin will continue to fight for equality for all our citizens so they can enjoy rights which are afforded to citizens elsewhere on these islands.”

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